I received an email from Ronald Daniels, regular Peach Pundit poster, alerting me to MoveOn.org’s activiites against Jim Marshall. Given that Mr. Daniels is an actual resident of GA-8, and that I figured he needed a break from law school, I asked him to write it up. The following is a guest post from one Mr. Ronald Edward Daniels, future esquire. The headline, however, I’ll take the blame for…
Apparently not only conservatives dislike Rep. Jim Marshall – liberal groups such as MoveOn.org are unhappy with him as well. Following Saturday night’s “historic” vote on healthcare reform – in which Marshall voted against the Obama-supported package and for the Stupack amendment – it is understandable why a self-proclaimed “progressive” organization such as MoveOn.org would be upset with Marshall.
In an email sent out by the Political Action arm of the organization earlier today described Marshall’s votes as “shameful.”
“Dear MoveOn member,
On Saturday night, the House made history by narrowly passing the big health care reform bill—but Representative Jim Marshall voted no.
And to make matters worse, he also helped pass an ugly amendment to the bill restricting a woman’s right to choose. In other words, he made the bill worse, then voted against it anyway.
To win the health care fight, we’ve got to show that politicians like Rep. Marshall will face a groundswell of grassroots opposition if they stand in the way of reform. Even if you’re not surprised, it’s critical that Rep. Marshall hear from you.
Can you call right now and tell him that you’re extremely disappointed with his vote?
Representative Jim Marshall
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Progressives in the House led the charge to strengthen and pass the bill, and President Obama personally lobbied swing Democrats like Rep. Marshall to vote for it in the final hours.
But, on the most important House vote in a generation, where was Rep. Marshall? Standing with the insurance companies. We should all remember that when reelection time rolls around.
Moreover, he sided with anti-choice extremists to vote for an amendment that would make abortion coverage virtually inaccessible for women in the new insurance exchange and bans such coverage in the public option.
As the health care fight moves to the Senate, we also need to send a clear signal to conservative Democratic senators. If they see that representatives who opposed reform pay a political price for it, they’ll think twice about joining a Republican filibuster.
Can you call Rep. Marshall’s office on Capitol Hill right now?
Representative Jim Marshall
After you call, let us know by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Noah, Kat, Michael, and the rest of the team”
It is my assumption a similar email was sent to subscribers in Rep. Barrow’s district as well.
Of interest is the line indicating potential for retribution during the next election cycle – the last primary challenger to face Rep. Marshall had a less than stellar outing. Conservatives have had difficulty knocking him out as well; the last challenger was handily defeated, although in the past several opponents have given Marshall a run for his money. In recent weeks a number of Republicans have entered the fray in an attempt to unseat Marshall next cycle; perhaps they should pay attention to this remark.
Several people noted in last year’s election that Jim Marshall plays both sides. His ads would sometimes appeal to Democrats and others would portray him as a conservative. Could Saturday’s vote have been the straw that broke the camel’s back? MoveOn seems to suggest so – indicating that he should receive a “groundswell of grassroots opposition.” Granted the organization has not substantially supported Marshall in the past with money, but could they be ready to help bankroll a primary challenger? Are liberals willing to sacrifice a quasi-consistent vote for a shot at a more “progressive” Congressman?
MoveOn’s email presents a very interesting question: If Conservatives hate Marshall and Liberals hate Marshall – how does he continue to get reelected?